The Best and Worst Of Week 7
The Alliance of American Football is working its way thru the schedule and who can not believe that week 7 is already in the BOOKS. It’s been a fast ride so far, and for those watching, its been an interesting ride so far. The Good. The Bad. And Then Johnny Football brought week 7 to a close.
Football fans have to agree that the ONE thing that Steve Spurrier brings to the sideline of any football game is WINNING. The former University of Florida Coach has brought the run and gun to the sidelines in Orlando and the only thing the Orlando Apollos do is WIN.
The Apollos took the show on the road for week 7 and visited Atlanta Georgia and Georgia State Stadium as the undefeated Apollos took on the Atlanta Legends. This match up follows the Week 1 trashing by the Apollos 40-6 and although the venue was different the outcome didn’t change as the Apollos took the game 36-6 behind Garrett Gilbert’s 217 yards passing and three short rushing touchdowns by De’Veon Smith.
The win made the Apollos the first team in the Alliance of American Football to clinch a playoff spot.
A pick-two at the perfect time has the San Antonio Commanders continuing their winning ride in the Alliance of American Football.
In the waning moments of a see-saw AAF affair, the Commanders were clinging to a two-point lead when De’Vante Bausby jumped a route and went all the way the other way for an unconventional pick-two that provided the final 19-15 score as San Antonio downed the Salt Lake Stallions on Saturday at the Alamodome in a game televised on the NFL Network.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Commanders (5-2), who own first place in the Western Conference, and kept Salt Lake (2-5) winless on the road in four tries.
On Sunday, there was more fun.
Less than a month removed from his unceremonious exit from the Canadian Football League, Johnny Manziel made his return to the field stateside on Sunday night.
Manziel made his debut for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football and showed some flashes of what made him such a brilliant player at Texas A&M.
Manziel heard cheers from the home crowd as he jogged onto the field in the second quarter. And on his first play, he kept on a read option and showed a nice burst for a gain of 13 yards.
Manziel’s action came in relief of starter Brandon Silvers, who went undrafted in 2018 after an accomplished career at Troy. Silvers completed 24-of-35 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime as the Express completed a come-from-behind 31-25 win over the Birmingham Iron.
The Express will host the Orlando Apollos next Saturday, and the Iron will host the Atlanta Legends next Sunday.
It was rough from the beginning for the San Diego Fleet on Sunday afternoon as they were penalized for a false start on the first snap of the game. They did recover to score the opening touchdown, but they wouldn’t be able to find the end zone nearly enough as the game wore on.
The Arizona Hotshots answered on the following drive when Trevor Knight came in for a designed run at quarterback and dove into the end zone to tie the game at 6-6—his first AAF touchdown.
Wolford finished with 212 yards on 15-of-19 passing for two touchdowns through the air, while Bercovici tossed for 310 yards on 22-of-43 passing for one touchdown and two costly interceptions.
San Diego will travel to the Salt Lake Stallions next Saturday, and Arizona will travel to take on the San Antonio Commanders on Sunday.